Friday 2 August 2019

Make Me - Lee Child - Jack Reacher Book 20

Make Me
Jack Reacher Book 20
Lee Child
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780804178792
eISBN 9780804178785

This was the 22nd work by lee Child in the Jack Reacher universe I have read in about 20 weeks. I have been pacing myself and trying to stick to just one a week. This is the 15th novel I have read, I have also read Jack Reacher's Rules, the No Middle Name, short stories collection and all of the other crossover and standalone short stories I could find. This book has only been out since 2015 and in English I could only find two covers as opposed to the 4 or more for older books. I must admit I really prefer the UK cover to the North American, I like the silhouette of Reacher on the side of the road, in the subway, with a skyline backdrop seem to fit better for me. 

This is one of those stories I loved from the beginning. It was a very solid 5/5 stars. And even though the average rating is lower than many of the other Reacher books this one was excellent. The twist in this one really took me by surprise. I had figured much of it out. But the final piece when it fell into place was a complete shock. The story begins with a body being buried, and Reacher on a train. He gets off the train because the name of the town intrigues him. The town is Mother’s Rest.  And a line that reoccurs many times is “Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?”. But before Reacher gets to an answer they are a lot of possibilities. When Reacher steps off the train he meets Michelle Chang who initially confuses him for someone else. Reacher has no place to go and ends up hanging with Chang and trying to help find her missing associate.

This story travels back and forth across the country. From Mother’s Rest, to San Francisco, to Chicago, Phoenix, and back and forth. Reacher and Change become more than just work associates, as to be expected in a Reacher Novel. But what is unexpected is that they team up with a reporter. And with his contacts they end up pursuing the cause on the dep web. The story has a bit of everything. Dead bodies, missing persons, secrets on top of secrets, European hired thugs and even multiple attempts on Reacher’s life. 

The story is excellently written. It was a page turner from beginning to end. I devoured it in two sittings. If they were to make another Reacher movie, of all the books I have read to date, would love to see this one on film. A great story in an excellent series. Reacher does not take the easy way out. And in this story, he takes more damage then most. But to find out what and how, you will need to read the story. 

Books by Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Books Publishing Order:

Killing Floor
Die Trying
The Visitor /Running Blind
Echo Burning
Without Fail
The Enemy
One Shot
The Hard Way
Bad Luck and Trouble
Nothing to Lose
Gone Tomorrow
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Never Go Back
Make Me
Night School
The Midnight Line
Past Tense
Blue Moon

The Sentinel Jack Reacher's Rules

Reacher Short Stories and Novella’s:
No Middle Name – Complete Collected Short Stories
Stories in No Middle Name Collection:
Too Much Time
Second Son
Deep Down
Guy Walks into A Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
High Heat
Everyone Talks
Not A Drill
Small Wars
Maybe They Have A Tradition

No Room At The Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Other Short Stories:
The Fourth Man
The Christmas Scorpion
Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs
Cleaning the Gold with Karin Slaughter
Good and Valuable Consideration with Joseph Finder

Other Books by Lee Child
The Hero
Jack Reacher: A Mysterious Profile

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